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Blok M is a business and shopping quarter located in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Indonesia. It runs east from Iskandarsyah street to Bulungan street in the west. North from Falatehan street to Melawai street in the south. The development is less modern than some of the developments near Kota, West Jakarta and many of the buildings are run down. The area becomes quite crowded daily, and even more so nightly. Much of the popularity of the quarter is due to the prices of goods (which are often low due to the relatively inexpensive property costs for vendors), the night life, and the accessibility of the center, considering it contains one of the largest bus stations in Jakarta which many Transjakarta and Kopaja buses depart from.
Blok M Square, the main shopping portion of the quarter. Built on the terminal basement since 1993. The mall is notorious for having low prices but bargaining is considered a requirement. Blok M Square, Blok M Plaza and Pasaraya Grande are the main shopping centers in Blok M. Built on 1992, the Plaza is a modern mall. Pasaraya Grande is a giant department store run by Abdul Latief. Its two contiguous buildings include a big food court in the basement have international standard with corresponding price. A movie theatre is at the top floor.
Club and Cafe
The most popular portion of Blok M and certainly what has given it most of its notoriety is the Falatehan street (Jalan Felatehan), which is the portion of the quarter that contains the bars and clubs. Many of the bars become extremely crowded at night and are known to stay open extremely late. Melawai street in the south has many cafes. In 1980s - 1990s, Melawai street (called Lintas Melawai) was popular as the youth centre of Jakarta.
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